I am a member of a charity organization called the Threads of Love
. Threads of Love is a sewing ministry meeting the needs of tiny premature infants and newborns who struggle to survive or who die due to stillbirth, miscarriage or infant death.
The ministry is about healing and binding the hearts of parents together at a time of uncertainty about their baby's health or when they lose an infant.
Our local chapter
makes a number of items that we put together in 2-gallon Ziploc bags and give them to two different hospitals in our area that have neonatal units where premature babies are born. Every two months, each hospital receives 30-packages. All items are made by volunteers who want to show their love and service by using their sewing, knitting, or crocheting talents.This instructable
is for an easy, crocheted baby blanket that is a minimum of 20-inches square.
For the charity where I am from, it’s made for babies that are 3-1/2 pounds or smaller. We call it a “Kangaroo Square.” A baby Kangaroo Square is a miniature baby afghan (20” to 24” square) that provides warmth for the critically ill premature baby and privacy for a parent as they ‘kangaroo.’ This is a therapy that places the developing premature baby on the parent's chest, skin to skin. Experts believe it is one of the best strategies to help at-risk babies become healthy.
These little blankets have also been called “lovey’s.” Many children use these blankets as they grow up to cuddle with and keep around for comfort and self-soothing. You are more than welcome to use the pattern below to make a miniature blanket!
For whatever reason, if you do make one of these miniature blankets, I would love to see it and hope that you post a picture in the comments section.
Please read on if you would like to become involved in this charity.You can also jump to Step 3 if you just came to get the pattern for this little blanket.
The following links are for your use:
• Central Valley, CA Threads of Love Ministry information (where I am a member): http://www.collegecofc.com/ministries/threadsoflove.htm
• You can find other local Threads of Love Chapters at the Threads of Love National Ministry Website: http://www.threadsoflove.org/
• You can also find us listed under the Lion Brand Charitable Donation website, where all yarn donated is tax deductible. We can send a receipt if needed.Lion Brand Charity Connection
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